Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental health condition that can significantly affect your quality of life. Justin Rice, PMHNP-BC, and the team at Set & Setting in Beaverton, Oregon, specialize in the management of PTSD and offer advanced treatments to help restore your mental health and get back to doing the things you love. For expert care of PTSD, call the office today or request an appointment online.
PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event that you personally witness or experience. You may experience nightmares, flashbacks, or anxiety following the event.
While some people can recover from a traumatic experience without developing PTSD, if your symptoms aren’t improving and they’re interfering with your day-to-day activities, contact the team at Set & Setting for help.
You may develop symptoms of PTSD soon after the event, or it may take years to develop. PTSD symptoms are categorized into symptom groups, which include:
Intrusive thoughts refer to the recurring images of the traumatic event that replay in your mind. Nightmares are also symptoms of intrusive thoughts.
Not wanting to talk about the traumatic event is referred to as avoidance. You may also demonstrate avoidance symptoms if you do everything in your power to avoid the places, people, or activities that remind you of the event.
Negative thoughts about yourself, feelings of hopelessness, and disinterest in activities are negative changes in thinking and mood symptoms.
Changes in physical and emotional reactions refer to symptoms such as difficulty sleeping or overreacting to situations.
The severity and intensity of your symptoms can change over time or be affected by the activities happening in your life.
Doctors aren’t certain what causes certain people to develop PTSD but theorize that the event may alter the way your brain releases chemicals and hormones. You may also be at greater risk if you have a history of anxiety or depression.
Set & Setting develops a personalized treatment plan to help you manage your PTSD. They offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) to patients who don’t see relief from symptoms with traditional medications and therapy.
The team first performs a medical screening and therapeutic evaluation to determine if you are a candidate. Then you come to the office for your “pre-flight” and intention-setting sessions, which help identify and explore ways to overcome barriers that may prevent you from achieving your goals.
Your ketamine treatment takes about two hours, and afterward, you speak to your therapist to discuss your treatment and any changes needed.
PTSD can significantly affect your quality of life. To get the help you need, call Set & Setting today or request an appointment online.